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killed 60 and injured 200. nbc's steve handelsman is live in washington, d.c., with more on the lasting effects of this iraq war. steve? >> reporter: janelle, thanks. this war has cost $2.2 trillion. without a tax hike, that drove us far into the red. but other numbers are more horrifying, roughly 800 americans lost limbs, many tens of thousands of more are fighting ptsd, dealing with traumatic brain injury, and the iraqis are still suffering. the wave of bombings in iraq marked the tenth anniversary. dozens died. this was last week, a bloody reminder of the human cost since march 19, 2003, when the first u.s. bombs fell. in the wake of 9/11, president bush and secretary of state colin powell made the case that saddam hussein was set to use weapons of mass destruction. the u.s. invasion was easy, but the mission was not accomplished by that may, even though some insist today u.s. forces did succeed. war planner douglas fife. >> saddam was in fact an extremely dangerous guy. >> martin dempsey. >> today we have in iraq a partner, not an adversary. >> reporter: but 2003 to 2008 was a night
the israelis and the palestinians is still another story. let's bring in nbc's steve handsman from washington. good evening, steve. >> reporter: raj, thanks. good evening. startling admission from president obama as he wrapped up his middle east trip, saying that middle east peace in essence would be tough. startling because he had gone there to tell the israelis and the palestinians that peace was possible if they compromised and worked harder. in jordan, the president and king abdullah discussed syria next door. mr. obama pledge $200 million in u.s. aid for syrian refugees. but the president sounded gloomy about the israeli/palestinian conflict west of jordan. >> we're just going to keep on plugging away. the window of opportunity still exists, but it's getting more and more difficult. >> reporter: earlier mr. obama met palestinian leader abbas in bethlehem at the church of the nativity. and in jerusalem, a visit to the holocaust memorial gave mr. obama a chance to correct what he had implied in 2009, upsetting many jews, that the holocaust alone justified the establishment of israel. >> bu
to israel since being elected in 2008. steve handelsman, the leaders called each other by their first names which observers say it was a good sign. >> reporter: looked like a love fest, janelle. that seems to suit both leaders. you could hardly tell that the president and the prime minister had a falling out over iran. they praised one another and seemed to agree at least in public about the military option. president obama reassured israelis terrified of iran getting nuclear weapons that if diplomacy fails, using force is possible. >> all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: benjamin netanyahu sounded pleased. >> that sums up our common view. >> reporter: no more questioning obama resolve. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclears. >> reporter: the president had gotten a warm welcome. netanyahu under pressure to end their public sparring. >> israelis don't like the fact that the prime minister of israel doesn't have a close relationship with the pr
? >> reporter: steve, the fight for gay marriage is being heard all over the bay area. as you can see they are preparing for a marsh that starts in the castro and will make its way to san francisco city hall. chris worthington is holding one of the rainbow flags that will fly at city hall on tuesday and wednesday as the supreme court hears oral arguments on prop 8 and defense of marriage act. >> i don't think the purpose of flying the flag in oakland, berkeley or san leandro is to try to change the supreme court's mind. it's to give encouragement and support to people that believe in marriage equality. >> reporter: it makes sense for support to come from the city of berkeley. two of the plaintiffs in the case to overturn prop 8 are berkeley residents. >> i think the more people talk about it, and the more they know somebody who is openly gay or lesbian, the more that it sort of stops being an idea. >> reporter: across the bay, san francisco has long been considered the epicenter of gay marriage. we want equality in prop 8 signs are posted in the castro to publicize tonight's march fro
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